Lee Hook Recognized in U.S. News Best Lawyers© 2019 Edition

Attorney Lee Hook has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for the 2019 edition in the area of Workers' Compensation - Employers. Lee has been recognized in this category since 2011.

Since it was...


Lee Hook Speaking at NWCDN Annual Conference

Attorney Lee Hook will be a speaker at the annual NWCDN conference, September 27, 2018 in Minneapolis. He will be presenting a Q&A on Iowa Law. Peddicord Wharton is a member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network, a unique and dynamic organization consisting of attorneys representing...


Kathryn Johnson is a presenter at Iowa Self-Insurers Association's Annual Conference

On September 20, 2018, attorney Kathryn Johnson will be speaking at the Iowa Self-Insurers Association's Annual Conference in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Her topic:  Case Law Update
Learn about relevant Appellate and Agency Cases impacting Iowa workers compensation claims including an update on Evenson v. Winnebago from ...


Introducing WCES and CourtCall at the Division of Iowa Workers’ Compensation

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

WCES - Workers' Compensation Electronic System 

A new electronic filing system is tentatively scheduled to be implemented beginning in December of 2018. The new system will be known as Workers’ Compensation Electronic System,...


Peddicord Wharton Partner, Scott Beattie, Appointed District Court Judge in Judicial District 5C

On June 6, 2018, Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Peddicord Wharton Partner, Scott J. Beattie, as a district court judge in Judicial District 5C. Scott will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge Eliza Ovrom.

Scott joined Peddicord Wharton in 2003 and became a partner with...


Firm Achieves Summary Judgment and Complete Dismissal of Product Defect and Negligence Suit

Attorneys Randy Wilharber and Clarissa Bierstedt achieved summary judgment and complete dismissal of a product defect and negligence suit seeking in excess of 1.5M in damages on behalf of Nestle in defense of a severe burn injury to a minor child who...


Late Settlement Sanction

Legal Update by Attorney Kathryn Johnson

By order of the Commissioner, beginning July 1, 2018, the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation will impose a monetary late settlement sanction on parties in cases where settlements are reported to the Division less than 24 hours before the scheduled ...


Firm Obtains Successful Defense Verdict in Jury Trial for Professional Liability Case

Attorneys Jack Wharton and Clarissa Bierstedt successfully obtained a defense verdict as a result of a jury trial for a professional liability lawsuit. The plaintiff brought a negligence claim against an insurance agency alleging it made changes to her insurance coverage without her...


Calculating the Rate of Compensation – Tips, Tricks and Traps

Legal Update by Attorney Kathryn Johnson

When an employee has been injured and is entitled to temporary or permanent workers’ compensation benefits, a calculation of the employee’s average weekly wage and rate is required. In order to calculate the rate of compensation, the “gross...


Firm Celebrates Staff and Provides Community Donation

To recognize staff, Peddicord Wharton held its annual Essential People Day celebration with a catered luncheon at the office and a Puppy Party.  The non-profit, AHeinz57 Pet Rescue, brought 3 puppies that were up for adoption to the office to "hang out" with...


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